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Detailed record for Arundel 39

Title Epistles of Paul, with prologues and gloss; Jerome's prologue to the Epistles (ff. 151-152v)
Origin Italy, Central
Date 1st half of the 12th century
Language Latin
Script Protogothic
Decoration 14 large foliate brown ink initials with colours, most with red, yellow, blue, and sometimes olive green (ff. 1, 27, 52, 69, 78, 87, 93v, 99v, 105, 108v, 116, 121v, 125, 127). Small initials in red.
Dimensions in mm 270 x 160 (185 x 125), usually in three columns
Official foliation ff. 152 (+ unfoliated modern paper flyleaves)
Collation i-xix8 (ff. 1-152).
Form Parchment codex
Binding BM/BL in-house. Rebound in 1962.
Provenance Chapter headings and numbers added in 14th-century German (?) hands.
? Thomas Howard (b. 1585, d. 1646), 2nd earl of Arundel, 4th earl of Surrey, and 1st earl of Norfolk, art collector and politician.
Henry Howard (b. 1628, d. 1684), 6th duke of Norfolk, presented to the Royal Society in 1667.
The Royal Society, London (its ink stamp: 'Soc. Reg. Lond / ex dono HENR. HOWARD / Norfolciensis.', f. 1).
Purchased by the British Museum from the Royal Society of London together with 549 other Arundel manuscripts in 1831.
Select bibliography Catalogue of Manuscripts in The British Museum, New Series, 1 vol. in 2 parts (London: British Museum, 1834-1840), I, part I: The Arundel Manuscripts, p. 9.

Alessandro Palma di Cesnola, Catalogo di manoscritti italiani esistenti nel Museo Britannico di Londra (Turin: Roux, 1890), no. 249.

Nigel F. Palmer, Zisterzienser und ihre Bücher: Die mittelalterliche Bibliotheksgeschichte von Kloster Eberbach im Rheingau unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der in Oxford und London aufbewahrten Handschriften (Regensburg: Schnell & Steiner, 1998), pp. 262, 281.

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